Better signs for highways
Shanghai Daily news
Electronic traffic signs will be set up on expressways connecting Shanghai to
Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces by 2010, city officials said.
They also said a
self-service toll system will likely be set up by that time to reduce waiting
periods at expressway entrances.
"The signs will greatly improve traffic flow
in the Yangtze River Delta region," said Zhang Yunjie, deputy director of the
Shanghai Engineering Administrative Bureau.
Bureau officials said the signs
will provide traffic and weather information on different expressways linking
Shanghai with Zhejiang and Jiangsu.
The information will allow drivers to
select an appropriate route.
They also said the city will have six
expressways to Jiangsu Province and four to Zhejiang Province by 2010.
Currently, there are three to Jiangsu and one to Zhejiang.
The number of
private autos in Shanghai has increased nearly 40 times in the last six years
and more people are driving to neighboring provinces.
Chen Youhua, a senior
engineer of Shanghai Urban Planning Administrative Bureau, said: "The problem is
some expressways are overloaded while others are not fully used, causing a waste
of public facilities."
So far, the signs have been endorsed by governments in
Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.
Meanwhile, once the toll system is set up,
drivers will use a smart card instead of cash, which should also speed up
On some highways a stop-free toll collection system based on
wireless signals will be used.
Huang Guofu, a cab driver at Qiangsheng Taxi
Company, said: "Hopefully, more electronic traffic signs will be set up downtown
so that we can select routes early."